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Police have stormed the Bataclan concert hall where up to 100 hostages were being held by a group of attackers. The Associated Press reports that the assault is over, leaving at least two attackers killed. Reports indicate as many as seven sites in Paris were targeted nearly simultaneously, including near the Stade de France, where the national side was playing Germany in a soccer match. President Francois Hollande, who was evacuated from the stadium, has ordered a state of emergency and closed the country?s borders. Agence-France Presse reports that 100 people were killed at the conert hall alone; the death count had previously stood at about 60. It?s a horror show.
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123745/the-latest-from-paris123745 Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:10:07 GMT In an unprecedented move in the Schengen era, Hollande announced that he was severely restricting travel to France in the wake of multiple coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. In a short statement, Hollande declared that the attacks were an act of terrorism and suggested that his government knew who was responsible for them, but did not specify any one organization. Hollande was evacuated from the stadium where multiple explosions were reported earlier this evening. ]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123741/french-president-hollande-has-declared-a-state-of-emergency-and-closed-the-countrys-borders123741 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 23:03:56 GMT In a short statement from the White House, Obama pledged to give France whatever support it needs as it reels from multiple, ongoing attacks. Obama has not yet spoken to French President Francois Hollande, citing the fact that he?s ?very busy at the moment.? But he clearly stated that this is a terrorist attack, though he would not ?speculate as to who might be responsible.?
?This is a heartbreaking situation and we in the U.S. know what it?s like. We?ve gone through these episodes ourselves,? Obama said. ?The bonds of liberte, egalite, fraternite are values we share, and will endure beyond any act of terrorism or hateful vision.?
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123738/president-obama-calls-paris-siege-an-attack-on-all-of-humanity123738 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:57:38 GMT The short clip has been aired by multiple news organizations, including The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News. French President Francois Hollande was evacuated from the stadium, which was hosting a match between France and Germany. According to the latest reports, at least 26 people have been killed in multiple attacks across the city:
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123736/watch-a-video-purporting-to-show-players-reacting-to-an-explosion-outside-a-paris-soccer-stadium123736 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:17:19 GMT CNN affiliate BFN reports that at least 60 people have been killed in multiple attacks on the French capital. Preliminary reports indicate that there were two explosions near a soccer stadium hosting a match between France and Germany, a shooting at a restaurant, and another attack at 90 Rue Charonne. Reuters is also reporting a fifth attack at a Paris shopping mall.
President Francois Hollande was attending the match at the Stade de France and was evacuated. AFP reports that hostages have been taken at the Bataclan concert hall, where the Eagles of Death Metal were scheduled to perform tonight, according to police. According to the AP, as many as 100 people may be being held. CNN is reporting that police have surrounded the concert hall and are exchanging gunfire with people on the roof. A French police official told the AP that 11 people were killed in the restaurant.
Earlier this week, French authorities announced that they had foiled a plot to attack a military base in Touloun. Stay tuned for more details.
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123734/multiple-deaths-reported-in-paris-attacks123734 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:41:15 GMT Watch the whole clip here (via Hyperallergic):
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123722/stephen-colbert-points-out-that-network-tvs-rules-about-art-and-nudity-are-completely-ridiculous123722 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:21:16 GMT That, at least, seems to be the assumption after traffic at the critically acclaimed porn site, Pornhub, (Note to HR: not linking, chill out), saw a 10 percent decline (ha!) in traffic this week following the release (ha!!) of the video game Fallout 4.
According to an article in VentureBeat, Pornhub vice president Corey Price told GamesBeat:
?Based on the data, it looks like a huge surge of people decided to indulge in some wasteland wandering by taking the day off of work and school to play, while the rest of the world had to wade through what we assume were the longest hours of work ever in anticipation of some alone time with their consoles.?
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123731/gamers-enjoy-video-games-more-than-masturbation-and-the-world-is-a-weirder-place-by-the-day123731 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:21:07 GMT So head on over to the Brooklyn Museum and he?ll take ?em off your hands.
This would be for a project in which he is making Lego images of global political activists. He needs the donations because Lego, which apparently hates freedom, refused to sell him any.
Please, no crying children: Make sure your kids don?t still want them.
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123724/ai-weiwei-wants-your-legos-for-art123724 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:57:58 GMT SCOTUS announced on Friday that it would hear a challenge to a 2013 Texas law that imposes some of the strictest abortion restrictions in the country. It?s the first major abortion case that the Court has taken on since 2007. The decision will be critical because the anti-choice movement has had tremendous success in restricting abortion access on the state level.
The Texas law imposes stringent requirements on abortion clinics, requiring them to meet the building standards required of surgical centers, which often means costly upgrades, and to have doctors with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Other states have similar laws on the books.
The Texas lawmakers? supposed rationale is to make abortions safer, but both anti- and pro-choice advocates point out that the law?only parts of which have been implemented so far?has effectively restricted access to abortion: 41 clinics were open in 2012, and less than 20 clinics were open as of June, when the Court issued a hold on the law. Were the law to have remained in effect, only 10 clinics would still be open.
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123713/the-abortion-case-headed-to-the-supreme-court-is-a-really-big-deal123713 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:46:26 GMT Donald Trump is very proud of his book sales?he has claimed that The Art of the Deal (his second-favorite book after the Bible) is the best-selling business book of all time. (It isn?t.) But Trump?s newest book, Crippled America, like the candidate himself, is struggling to top Ben Carson. Crippled America will debut at number five on the New York Times Bestseller list, behind Carson?s work of Constitution-themed fan fiction A More Perfect Union, which is in the fourth slot.
Interestingly, Trump is beating Carson on both Amazon (he?s 99th; Carson is 150th) and Nielsen BookScan, which recorded 27,686 sales of Crippled America and 27,251 of A More Perfect Union in the week ending November 8. The Times bestseller list is notoriously fickle but it?s obvious that the race between them is tight, regardless of how sales are judged.
In any case both Trump and Carson are handily beating two of their competitors in the Republican primaries. According to BookScan, the paperback of Marco Rubio?s American Dreams has sold only 843 copies since it was published on October 6, while the hardcover of Rand Paul?s Our Presidents & Their Prayers has sold 1,323 copies since its publication on October 20.
]]> https://newrepublic.com/minutes/123712/ben-carson-is-beating-donald-trump-in-the-race-to-sell-lots-of-books123712 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:26:40 GMT